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Georgians, Albanians, and Turks Account for 21% of EU Departure Orders in 2023

The exodus of individuals from European Union (EU) countries has surged by 25 percent in 2023, as revealed by recent statistics, marking a significant rise from 89,000 to 111,185 individuals. This remarkable uptick follows orders for their departure from EU countries.

Authorities in Germany, France, and Sweden have taken the lead in issuing such orders, collectively accounting for 37,945 individuals instructed to exit the EU. Germany topped the list with 15,445 orders, trailed by France with 12,170, and Sweden with 10,330.

Conversely, several nations reported substantially lower figures of individuals being instructed to leave, with Slovenia (75), Luxembourg (230), Slovakia (265), and Ireland (285) among them.


The influx of undocumented migrants within EU territories has also experienced a notable surge, escalating by 13 percent in 2023 compared to the preceding year, totaling 1.5 million individuals found to be illegally present.

Despite this influx, a positive trend emerges in the reduction of entry refusals across EU borders. The data illustrates a decline from 142,420 refusals recorded in 2022 to 118,935 in 2023, marking a 16 percent decrease.

Notably, countries sharing external land borders witnessed the highest rates of entry refusals, all exceeding 70 percent. Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Poland, Hungary, Romania, and Estonia are among the nations grappling with significant entry refusals.

These statistics illuminate the complex dynamics surrounding migration and border control within the EU, prompting renewed discussions and strategies aimed at addressing these challenges in a comprehensive and effective manner.

Georgians (10 345) topped the list of non-EU citizens returned to another country, followed by Albanians (7 810) and Turks (5 595).

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